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Fall Risk Prevention

Falls among the elderly are prevalent, dangerous, and can diminish their ability to lead an active life. About one in three seniors above age 65, and nearly one in two seniors over age 80, will fall at least once this year, many times with disastrous consequences. Of those who fall, 20% to 30% suffer moderate to severe injuries that make it hard for them to get around and live independently. Older adults are hospitalized for fall-related injuries five times more often than they are for injuries from other causes.

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Updates…

How Carefree Physical Therapy is protecting our patients and staff

Treatment Options Carefree Physical Therapy exists to help others. As an essential service provider designated by the US Department of Homeland Security, Carefree Physical Therapy is open to provide medically necessary physical therapy and rehabilitation services. We are committed to caring for you in a safe and supportive environment. To better serve you during this time of restricted community accessibility and heightened concern for personal exposure to the virus, you are welcome to ask your therapist about the following options: Private room for your PT visit PT sessions in your home Telephone consultation to answer your questions and provide additional home instruction Electronic E-visits or telemedicine visits as approved by Medicare or other insurance companies, and Arizona state regulations. Be safe, and always make decisions based on your priorities for your safety and health.

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 Protecting Patients & Staff

Novel human coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is of concern to all of us.

We are taking tangible steps to help prevent the spread of disease and protect our patients and staff.

STAY AT HOME IF YOU ARE SICK

A key point is keeping people who are ill away from other people. Therefore, we have instructed any staff feeling ill to remain at home. We ask the same of any patients feeling ill.

PRACTICE PROPER HAND & WRIST HYGIENE

Wash your hands – and your wrists often. Staff regularly wash their hands between patients, but we are placing extra emphasis on this. We ask patients to wash their hands, or use hand sanitizer, before and after treatment.

COVER YOUR COUGHS & SNEEZES WITH A TISSUE

Please cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If no tissue is handy, sneeze or cough into a bent elbow. Wear a mask if you are coughing or sneezing regularly.

AVOID TOUCHING YOUR EYES, NOSE OR MOUTH

People frequently touch their eyes, nose or mouth without even realizing it. Try and eliminate this behavior, particularly after touching objects or being around someone who is coughing or sneezing.

CLEANING & DISINFECTION IN OUR CLINIC

We have always practiced good cleaning and disinfecting protocols and have increased the frequency and depth of those efforts. Rest assured that we are paying extra attention to items that are frequently touched.

Get PT First During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Because of the closures of physician’s offices, stoppages of elective surgeries, and social distancing guidelines resulting from COVID-19, many people with pain or joint issues have had appointments or surgeries delayed. If you’re one of them and you haven’t seen your PT yet, you should. Here are some reasons why:

Early PT leads to better outcomes

Studies have shown that people who receive PT sooner have better outcomes, lower costs, are less likely to have surgery, use opioids or have unnecessary testing. Because back pain is so common, there is a lot of outcome data from people with back pain. A study of 150,000 insurance claims published in Health Services Research, found that those who saw a physical therapist at the first point of care had an 89 percent lower probability of receiving an opioid prescription, a 28 percent lower probability of having advanced imaging services, and a 15 percent lower probability of an emergency department visit. Unfortunately, only 2% of people with back pain start with PT, and only 7% get to PT within 90 days.

Early PT saves money

The rising cost of healthcare is well known and early PT is something that has been shown to reduce costs without reducing the effectiveness of treatment. A study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy showed that patients who obtained physical therapy via direct access had significantly lower medical costs—an average of $1,543 less per patient than those who chose referral from a physician. They also had significantly fewer visits and spent significantly fewer days in care.

Surgery may not be as effective as you think

Many patients look to surgery as the fix for their pain, but surgeries aren’t always as effective as patients believe. A large study looking at worker’s comp patients with back pain found that people who have surgery have a 1 in 4 chance of having a repeat surgery, a 1 in 3 chance of a major complication, and a 1 in 3 chance of never returning to work again. Recent large studies of arthroscopic surgeries for meniscal tears have shown no difference in outcomes between people who have surgery and those who don’t. Other procedures with questionable effectiveness include kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty, and injections for nonspecific back pain.
So, if you were planning on seeing your PCP or a specialist for an orthopedic condition or pain and you haven’t seen a PT yet, you should consider making PT your first stop. You could end up getting better faster for less money and you might avoid riskier treatments like opioids or surgery.

Current Onsite Classes

Bones for Life

Movement lessons that will improve your posture, bone health, balance and more.  Additional information at www.bonesforlife.com

Class on Monday evenings with Suzanne Mowry, PT.

Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement

Increase efficient ease of movement with all tasks through gentle verbally guided movement sequences designed to decrease habitual patterns which might not be serving you well.

Class on Tuesday evenings with Suzanne Mowry, PT – a Feldenkrais practitioner.

For specific Monday and Tuesday evening class schedule,
contact Suzanne at 480-577-0602 or email sgmowry@cox.net